Merlin Knowles, D.Min
For Elder Knowles bio please see the presidential section.
Stewardship these days in many people’s minds connotes care of our environment. That is true but it is so much bigger than that. What it is really all about is caring for something that is owned by someone else- in this case, the Creator. In the beginning, God Created the heavens and the earth and then He gave dominion of that earth to mankind.
In the Garden of Eden, before sin, humans had freedom to care and keep the earth and had access to almost all of its resources under God’s ultimate dominion. I say almost all, because God restricted one tree for Himself. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God was saying, you are free to use everything expect that one tree. I am keeping the tree there to remind you that you are Stewards and I am the owner. Everything we do and even the way we treat our bodies is best understood in terms of God’s ownership and our stewardship.
Tithe is like that too. God asks us to return a faithful tithe to Him so that we are continually reminded that we are stewards and not owners. Good stewardship leads us to treat all creatures, all humans, indeed all nature and nature’s God with respect. Stewardship is ultimately about freedom. Freedom to use all the things God gave to us but with respect and in reference to the freedoms that He also gave to others.
Keeper of my Heart DVDs from North American Division
You can order a copy of the Keeper of my Heart DVD by clicking HERE. We have two copies in our Conference library to lend for those interested.